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Reading suggestions from the book piles of Penguin Books Australia staff.

It’s an enormous thrill to be able to read books before they hit the shelves. And, let’s face it, it’s why many Penguin Books Australia staffers are in the publishing business to begin with. Words spread pretty fast around here, so every month we whip around the offices to ask what everyone is reading. These are some of our current favourites.

  • An indispensable reference guide to the heart by Australia's favourite relationship advisor Zoe Foster Blake.

  • In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

  • On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.

  • The second heart-warming and charming novel from Sandie Docker, set in the small Australian coastal town of Rosella Cove.

  • Heart of the Grass Tree is an exquisite, searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history.

  • A spectacular, genre-redefining literary fantasy novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

  • The beautiful hardback edition of the multi-million copy international bestseller. Live in a clean and clutter-free home forever with the life-changing KonMari Method.

  • The third thrilling book in Jodi McAlister’s page-turning Valentine series.

  • An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

  • A fast-paced and poignant novel of survival by Justin D’Ath that draws on his own experience of escaping the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

  • A collection of four awesome Stuff Happens books in one, from some of Australia’s favourite children’s authors!

  • Cook up an epic feast for friends and family with Jamie Oliver's new cookbook, featuring the best of the best food from the hit TV series Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast.

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